ByAlisha Grauso, writer at
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So, let's strap ourselves in to the DeLorean and head back in time, kids (Bonus points if you're old like me and know what a DeLorean is). Back in time to the ancient days of yore, namely 2007. Long before scriptwriter had gained fame (and escaped the fan vitriol reserved for ) for penning the original script for Prometheus, he had a little-known script by name of Shadow 19 which caught actor 's eye. Reeves then hired Spaihts to flesh out the script which would eventually become Passengers and end up on 2007's Black List.

Still with me? Good. Now, make a quantum leap forward to 2010--what's that? How, you ask? How the hell should I know? I'm a writer, not a scientist. Push some buttons or something. God.

Anyway, we're in 2010. Reeves is all set to star in and produce the film, and then the projects gains even more momentum when director jumps on board to direct. Awesome.

And then...well, and then nothing happens for three years.

Seriously, nothing. Eventually, Muccino pulled out (heh, heh) and Spaihts went on to do the Prometheus thing, and everyone assumed Passengers was officially dead in the water.

This brings us up to the present day of 2013, and as it turns out, Passengers is, much like the plague victim from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, not dead yet. In fact, the project just got awesome news: Game of Thrones helmer has signed on to direct the film. And yes, Reeves is still set to star. The story focuses on a passenger, in what is presumably space-sleep, on a spaceship making a centuries-long journey to another planet. A computer glitch that can't be reversed accidentally wakes him up 90 years too early. Faced with the horrifying prospect of living the rest of his long life, and dying, alone on the ship, he decides to wake up a beautiful fellow passenger. And then, you know, more stuff happens.

Now, whether you love or hate him, you can't deny that Reeves has always had a rather good sense for knowing what movie scripts will end up being hits, and the fact he's been so loyal to this project for so long speaks volumes about the potential he sees.

The script heads to Cannes next month, where it will be shopped around to potential buyers. If they like what they see and it generates interest, expect to see this project moving forward into development a lot sooner than we could have hoped. Hit the [[follow]] button, and we'll keep you up to date on any news regarding production and casting the minute we hear of it.


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